The psilocybe semilanceata, aka liberty caps, is a prized mushroom that everyone seems to love. The psilocybe semilanceata’s grow around the world in temperate climates in grasslands where sheep, horses and cows graze. Also on lawns that are taken care of and fertilized with manure. Although this mushroom does not grow directly on the dung, but the dung enriched soil with sedge grass is where it is found. Usually at the outer edge base of clumps of grass. Fescue grass is a common grass to find this species growing in. It’s quite common in the pacific northwest USA and usually fruits in the fall. This species particularly thrives in Oregon and in Canada, as well as Washington state. As well these liberty cap shrooms grow in many places in the world and this author personally enjoyed a wonderful mushroom hunting experience in the northern Pyrenees mountains of Spain and France to find these prized mushrooms along with psilocybe hispanica. Typically liberty cap mushrooms are found in the fall before the first hard freeze comes, but some places in the world they can found in late spring.
In Spain the semilanceata’s have been part of their culture for hundreds of years and one can find many references in drawings, art and iron works of mushrooms that look exactly like the prized psychedelic liberty caps. Where it’s legal to grow this species, such as Spain, they tend to do well on organic whole brown rice. This is a cool weather mushroom that fruits in low temperatures around 33F to 50F, The semilanceata’s is not a big mushroom nor does it drop many spores, in fact many of the caps do not drop spores at all with some strains. Our friend Nacho does his best to collect spores for us each year in Spain of this species but due to the windy conditions where they are found typically only about 1 in 100 caps he can collect spores from. We used to have a semilanceata spore supplier from B.C. Canada that was finding lots of semi’s on agriculture fields and he had no problem collecting spores from that strain.
There is also a rare orange variety of psilocybe semilanceatas that grows in Spain and the PNW USA. There is a couple pictures of this orange strain in our gallery. My friend from Spain that has been hunting these mushroms for decades also tells me he seens albino from time to time and several different shaded colors of semilanceatas. The semi's grow in the same region psilocybe hispanica is found in the Pyrenees mountains and they grow right next to each other like in this picture. As well liberty caps grow along side psilocybe Gallaeciae in Galicae Spain. Although semilanceatas do not grow directly out of dung, they do grow from the dung enriched soil below and through the dung when fresh. The dung acts like a casing soil and provides shade and holds in moisture. My friends in Spain are lucky psilocybe mushrooms are legal in their country and a normal part of their culture. I can't wait to go back to the Pyrenees mountains of Spain and enjoy the immense beauty and visit my friends for some exciting mushroom foraging again.
Psilocybe Semilanceata Spore PRINT from Spain
- Product Code: SEMI PRINT